Friday, 27 July 2012

Hostess Rewards!

As a Close To My Heart Independant Consultant, I'm always on the lookout for people interested in hosting a Home Gathering. Sometimes customers and potential hostesses don't see the value in hosting their own Home Gathering. They think "I'm already giving you my business. I'm a loyal customer. Isn't that enough?" From my point of view, sure! I love your loyalty and appreciate your business, but there's a very good reason I want you to host your own Home Gathering: FREE STUFF!

Every hostess who sells a minimum of $150 at her Home Gathering is eligible for free stuff. Could you use $25 to stock up on stamps, cardstock and inks? How about $40 or $80? How about a 50% discount on one or more items? How about an exclusive Hostess Collection, valued at $100 or more, at 50% off?

When you host a Home Gathering, you earn Hostess Rewards based on the amount of sales. Check out the chart on page 2 of the Idea Book for the Hostess Rewards breakdown. The minimum sale level of $150 earns you $25 in free products. Consider that the average CTMH order is about $50, and you can see how easy it is to reach the minimum.

When you reach the second level of $250 in sales, you earn $40 in free products and any 1 item in the Idea Book at 50% off. You can use free product credit and 50% off to purchase stamps, acrylic blocks, inks, markers, re-inkers, My Stickease assortments, Complements, My Reflections paper packs, cardstock packs, Workshops on the Go Kits, Studio J layouts and Studio J 5-packs.

In addition, CTMH has put together four value-packed collections that are only available to Hostesses. Use your 50% off to purchase Hostess Collections featuring Avonlea, Dakota, La Belle Vie or Pear & Partridge papers, stamps, embellishments and more. Each Collection comes with a paper pack, My Stickease Assortment, stamp sets, acrylic blocks, inks, embellishments and more.

Collection One features the Avonlea paper pack and My Creations Bracket frame.

Collection Two includes the Dakota paper pack and My Creations Star.

Collection Three gives you the lovely La Belle Vie paper pack and Display Tray.

Perfect for Christmas, Collection Four offers a complete Christmas collection with everything you need to create perfect pages and cards.
You can also host your Home Gathering several ways: traditionally, in your home; as a workshop; as an Online Gathering.

A traditional Home Gathering is hosted by you and held in your home. I will arrive about 30 minutes before the scheduled start to set up my presentation and help you with any of the last minute details. While your guests arrive, I will chat with them and keep them company while you see to their comfort, whether it's getting drinks and snacks ready or answering the door. When everyone is ready, I will give a brief 15 minute presentation on the current Idea Book and point out some of the features of CTMH products. I'll answer questions and provide Idea Books and order forms to your guests. While they browse the products, I'll offer a small, free Gathering Project, usually a small card or bookmark, for your guests to complete individually. Afterwards, when your guests have placed their orders, I'll let you know what the sales were, how much you have earned in Hostess Rewards and help you to select products from your wish list for your order. With as few as four or six guests, many Hostesses find they earn enough in Hostess Rewards to get most of the items on their wish lists for free! When your guests orders arrive, I will deliver them to you and you in turn make arrangements to get the orders to your guests. Seeing your guests again to give them their orders is a perfect opportunity to thank them for helping you to earn free Rewards.

A Workshop Gathering is a fun event for your scrappy friends. You invite your guests and those who are confirmed will purchase the Workshop on the Go Kit. This needs to be done about two weeks prior to your Workshop Gathering. On the day of, I will bring the Kits along with other necessary supplies, such as inks and acrylic blocks, and set up the workshop. When your guests arrive, I will walk them through the Kit, demonstrating how to assemble and stamp. At the end of the event, you and your guests will have a treasured keepsake of a fun time. Your guests will also have the opportunity to shop from the Idea Book, and like a traditional Gathering, you'll earn Hostess Rewards on their purchases.

If you're a busy crafter who cannot or doesn't want to host people in your home, why not host an Online Gathering? This type of Gathering is not limited by time or space. You pick a date, usually about two weeks in advance, and your guests have until midnight of that date to purchase through your Gathering. All purchases count towards your Hostess Rewards. At the end of your Gathering, I'll let you know what the final total is and how much you have earned in Hostess Rewards. Best of all, you can invite guest from anywhere in Canada!! Your aunt in New Brunswick, your BFF in BC, your sister in Saskatchewan, invite them all! Any orders placed through your Online Gathering will be delivered directly to your guest. You'll even receive your own special electronic invitations, reminders and thank you notes for your Online Gathering. All the details are taken care of. You just enter the email addresses, send the inviation and the rest is taken care of.

With these great collections to choose from, FREE products and a great time with family and friends, why not book your own Home Gathering? With the launch of the new Idea Book just around the corner, now is the perfect time to book your Gathering. Be the first to offer CTMH's newest products to your family and friends.

Tomorrow's Blog: Online Scrapbooking for Everyone!

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